- Minister Champika met Dr.Abdul Kalam
- An energy Approach towards Knowledge based economy– two days international conference with the patronage of Dr. Abdul Kalam at the end of June.
Knowledge based economy is a part of heritage of South Asia including India and Sri Lanka which are having a very long history of ancient civilisation, said Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former Indian President and eminent scientist at a meeting with Minister of power and energy Mr.Patali Champika Ranawaka held at his Delhi house on the 8th June 2015. The Minister of power and energy met Dr. Kalam at his official residence in his visit to invite him as the chief guest at the conference “An energy Approach towards Knowledge based economy” to be held on 26 and 27 June in Colombo.
Speaking further, the former Indian President Dr. Kalam said that knowledge based economies in ancient civilizations like India and Sri Lanka, have become part of their historical traditions. Today, the world had arrived at a juncture in its development. The world is facing severe environmental issues due to the execess use of oil, coal and gas to produce energy. To find scientific as well as social solutions had become an essential and a basic requirement of the society today. Hydropower potential, wind power and solar power have to use as alternative energy sources. He added that society would then need to be prepared for such changes. Therefore Dr. Kalam said that he is quite happily accepting the invitation.
Minister Ranawaka during the meeting with Dr Kalam had said. “Human being should change their development strategies within this century, if not it would be the end of not only its civilization as well as the life on earth. He said the legacy of environment-friendly practices enshrined in religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism should be restored and put into use now. The visit of the eminent Indian scientist helps in achieving these endeavours.” the Minister said.